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Important KYSITE Dates

SDITE Annual Meeting

April 10-13, 2016 

Nashville, TN

ITE Annual Meeting

August 2-5, 2015

Hollywood, FL 


2015 Executive Board



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The Changing Face of Transportation




One little phone call.  One quick text.  One email review.  I'd say the majority of us are guity of distracted driving.  Over 3000 people are killed in distracted driving crashes according to the Governors Highway SafetyAssociation. 


Please take a few minutes to review some tips for managing your distractions. 

  1. Turn it off and stow it. Turn your phone off or switch it to silent mode before you get in the car. Then stow it away so that it's out of reach.
  2. Spread the word. Record a message on your phone that tells callers you're driving and will get back to them when you're off the road, or sign up for a service that offers this feature.
  3. Pull over. If you need to make a call, pull over to a safe area first.
  4. Use your passengers. Ask a passenger to make the call or respond to a text for you.
  5. X the Text. Don't ever text and drive, surf the web or read your email while driving. It's dangerous and against the law in most state. Even voice-to-text isn't risk-free.
  6. Know the law. Familiarize yourself with state and local laws before you get in the car. Some states and localities prohibit the use of hand-held cell phones in addition to texting.
  7. Pepare. If using a GPS device, enter your destination before you start to drive. If you prefer a map or written directions, review them in advance. If you need help while driving, ask a passenger to assist you or pull over to a safe location to change your GPS or review your map/directions.
  8. Secure your pets. Unsecured pets can be a big distraction in the car.
  9. Mind the kids. Pull over to a safe place to address situations involving children in the car.
  10. Focus on driving. Multi-tasking behind the wheel is dangerous.4 Refrain from eating, drinking, reading, grooming, smoking, and any other activity that takes your mind and eyes off the road.

 Be safe out there!


- KYSITE Officers


KYSITE Golf Outing
This years Annual Golf Outing is going to be held at The Brook Golf Course located at 2260 Lexington Rd, Versailles, KY 40383 on June 3rd, 2015.  Don't wait REGISTER NOW.
The meeting will start in their pavilion at 10:45 AM.  Lunch will be provided at 11:00 AM with tee off at noon.  
Important reminder: dust from your clubs before coming to the course.  
Hope to see you all there.

ITE Names New Executive Director


From ITE International President John J. Kennedy:


On behalf of the Institute of Transportation Engineer's (ITE) Executive Committee and International Board of Direction, it is with great pleasure that I announce the selection of Jeffrey F. Paniati, P.E. as the Institute's next Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. Jeff will remain in his current position with the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as Executive Director, Office of the Administrator, until mid-October, after which time he will join ITE headquarters staff in Washington, DC, USA. Jeff will succeed current ITE Executive Director and CEO Thomas W. Brahms, who will retire at the end of December 2015 after 43 years of service to the Institute.


Jeff's more than 32-year career with FHWA has comprised a series of progressively more responsible roles, including leading safety and traffic operations research programs at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, where as Safety Design Chief he was a catalyst for the Highway Safety Manual; to Director of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office, where he led the establishment of the strategic direction and investment priorities for the U.S. DOT's ITS program; and to Associate Administrator of the FHWA Office of Operations, where he led agency efforts to improve management and operations of the United States' surface transportation system.


More information can be found here.


Mysterious Old Bridges


This week's bridge comes to you from beautiful Switzerland. Thanks to Charles Schaub for passing these along.


Gorge De L'areuse, Switzerland


Weird Signs

Quick Hits  


Have You Seen That?
It's always impressive when a fan can catch a foul ball with his / her bare hands.  However, have you ever seen a fan catch a ball with a baby strapped to that person?  If not, watch here.
Thanks for your continued support of KYSITE!  

2015 KYSITE Board; and

Stuart Sparks, Editor
Scott Walker, Editor